Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 3, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, August 4th, 2014
Guest column by Citadel Information Group
Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report
The following software vulnerabilities and updates were announced last week. Citadel Information Group strongly recommends that readers update their computers and take other action as indicated.
Important Security Updates
Apple MacBook Air: Apple has released firmware update 2.9.1 for its MacBook Air. The update is available from Apple’s website.
Avira Antivirus: Avira has released version 126.96.36.1992 of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Check Point Technologies Zone Alarm: Check Point has released version 13.3.052.000 of the Free version of Zone Alarm. Updates are available from Check Point’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 188.8.131.52. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
VLC Media Player: VLC has released version 2.1.5 (32-bit) of its Media Player. Download from the VLC website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.07
Dropbox 2.10.3 [Citadel warns against relying on Dropbox security. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the Dropbox password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Google Chrome 36.0.1985.125
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17126
Java SE 7 Update 65 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]
Safari 7.0.4 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
Apple QuickTime: Secunia reports an unpatched moderately critical vulnerability in version 7.7.4 of Apple’s QuickTime. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its Unified Customer Voice Portal (CVP), Cisco Unified Communications Manager IM and Presence Service, and others. Apply updates. Secunia reports that Cisco has released a partial fix for its Prime Data Center Network Manager to fix a vulnerability reported in versions 6.3(0.9) and 6.2(1) running on Cisco MDS 9500 Series. Upgrade to a fixed version. Secunia reports unpatched vulnerabilities in WebEx Meetings Server report in versions 1.5, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52. No official solution is available.
Novell eDirectory: Secunia reports that Novell has released an update for its eDirectory to fix a security issue. Apply 8.8 SP8 Patch 2 Hotfix 1.
If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.
If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.
Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.
Citadel Information Group publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.
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